Take Me!

April 28th, 2017

“I laughed, I cried, I did the awkward laugh-cry, I ran around my home, and I have settled on smiling to myself from the couch.” So read one of many postings with the hashtag #Brown2021 to appear on Twitter after applicants for the class of 2021 learned their fate on the undergraduate admission website on March 30. “Bear-y excited to be attending my dream school!” read another.

Photo of students walking and high fiving.
The incoming freshman class traditionally comes throught the Van Wickle Gates to high-fives and cheers. Photo: Frank Mullin.

A record 32,724 students applied to Brown this year, up from 32,390 for the class of 2020. In the end, 695 were accepted under the early decision program and another 2,027 were granted admission in March, for a total pool of 2,722. This reflects an 8.3 percent admit rate.

Fifty states and 77 nations are represented. Other notable characteristics:

40% identify as students of color

97% are in the top 10 percent of their high school class

64% intend to apply for financial aid

62% attend public high schools

California, New York, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Florida

India, China, the UK, Canada, Singapore

engineering; biology; biochemistry; computer science; economics; political science; business, entrepreneurship, and organizations; English; math; neuroscience

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